#BookBeginnings The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

Today I pulled out The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!

 

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The Ice Dragon* by George R. R. Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo

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Summary:  When the fiery dragons swoop in and threaten Adara’s community, she has a secret — in the form of an ice dragon — that could help stave off destruction.

First Sentence:

Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold, the ice dragon came.

Discussion:

If you’ve never heard of The Ice Dragon, be prepared that this is not George R.R. Martin’s usual giant tome. Instead it is a wisp of a novella; it is short and sweet.

I have read this before and it really moved me. That’s why I like to pick it up again once in awhile.

My thoughts:

I absolutely love, love the illustrations. They are breathtaking. The way the words flow has a special quality, too.

I also love that the story has flaws. It reminds me of a really old pane of glass, one that is full of bubbles and is so wavy your view through it is a bit distorted. If you expect a piece of glass to be clear and straight and perfect in a modern way, then you will be disappointed. But if you appreciate that not everything needs to be perfect to be beautiful, then this is the book for you.

Here’s a snippet to help you decide.

What do you think? Have you read The Ice Dragon? Are you a George R. R. Martin fan?

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Ooh I hadn’t heard of this one before but I adore the illustrations, they remind me of the ones done by John Howe for The Lord of the Rings! And I love your description of the story’s flaws, it’s a very beautiful image. I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. I’ve never read any of GRRM’s work. That beginning is interesting, though. I enjoy dragons of all kinds, including ice! Oh my gosh, though, I think I’m going to have to pick up a copy of this one just for those illustrations! It’s gorgeous. 😮 Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my Friday post.

  3. Is THE ICE DRAGON a children’s book? Or is it more an adult book in a lovely package? My quotes from THE DUTCH HOUSE

    • Roberta

      12/13/2019 at 12:31 pm

      Anne,

      It is advertised as both. The main character is seven, but I’d say maybe readers aged 10+? Not a picture book.

  4. I love your analogy of this being like an old pane of glass. That alone has me wanting to give this novella a try. And because it includes dragons. I hope you have a great week!

  5. I need to read more Martin stat. Thanks for sharing!

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